"when i was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, i was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. when years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. in middle age, i was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that i'm fifty- eight perhaps senility will do the job. nothing has worked. four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. the sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage. in other words, i don't improve; in further words, once a bum always a bum. i fear the disease is incurable"
un viaggio lungo tre mesi attraverso gli stati uniti, su un furgone attrezzato e in compagnia di un buffo cane- charley. storie, strade, paesaggi, il senso di perdita, di solitudine, di meraviglia. un libro divertente, anche- per desiderare sempre di non smettere mai di muoversi, vedere, cercare....Continua
Now, there is not any question that Charley was rapidly becoming a tree expert of enormous background...But from the first I had withheld from him any information about the giant redwoods. It seemed to me that a Long Island poodle who had made his devoirs to Sequoia sempervirens or Sequoia gigantea might be set apart from other dogs-might even be like that Galahad who saw the Grail....Continua
This question, together with his urge to travel since childhood, set off the trip the American nobel prize winner John Steinbeck, who is also the acclaimed author of the Grapes of Wrath, undertook in 1960. This resulting travelogue features his candid critique of contemporary America, such as the loss of regional differences, the booming of ruthless infrastructure, the use of so much plastics that eventually led to waste and inhuman affection, and the intricate racial tension when he travelled deep south. Ironically, his observations still ring true today. If these are depressing, his vivid tales of interactions with people on the road, and of course, Charley, the poodle, are most enlightening....Continua
The best thing about this book is Steinbeck's honesty. In my opinion, most travel accounts I've read lean too heavily on promoting the excitement. Being fond of travelling myself, I appreciate the accounts of excitement at discovering novelties, but I do admire Steinbeck's more realistic tone. While he talks of the excitements, he does not shy away from describing moments of isolation and loneliness when he yearns for home. Steinbeck might be preachy and sentimental at times, especially at the last section, where he sees the South during the Civil rights movement. However, this is still a very enjoying read overall....Continua